A Gendered Post Keynesian–Institutional Analysis
Chapter 6: Social Intelligence and Households Under Capitalism: Conclusions and Further Explorations
John Dewey stresses that the special feature of human beings is their intelligence, without which humans lose their niche within the ecosystem (Hickman 1900, 203). The failure to use technologically feasible tools is a demonstration of a deterioration of social intelligence. Thus restricting resources on a ceremonial (pecuniary) rather than an instrumental basis through business enterprises’ sabotage of production, or through the state notion of sound finance is a departure from social intelligence. Furthermore, a non-critical approach to social institutions, including the functions of the state, the evolution of households, and the importance of gender relations is also a part of preventing the application of instrumental feasibility over ceremonial feasibility in problem solving. In our context, social intelligence includes socialization of investment and functional finance, which deal mainly with the problems created by the monetary production process, as well as transformation of gender relations, which will address the ceremonial methods of valuation embodied in the gender process. These two sides are, however, interwoven: the content of functional finance and the socialization of investment become elements of the gender process. The conception of households as individualized private units that are fully responsible for their own survival is an ideological construct that is intertwined with the gender process, that is, notions and practices of femininity and masculinity. Households are anthropogenic going concerns. The aspirations, desires and goals of individuals are bound with a technological structure, or material conditions. While influenced by individuals in the form of new ideas, beliefs, and methods, these...
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